Ben Meyer

Special Topics Correspondent

Ben took the newly-created position of Special Topics Correspondent at WXPR in September of 2019.  He has a specific focus through his grant-funded position: reporting on water and water resources in northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  Through his on air and online reporting, Ben explores water as a necessity for life and as an identity for the region.

Prior to joining the WXPR team, Ben spent more than seven years serving in several roles at WJFW-TV in Rhinelander.

Originally from Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, Ben is a graduate of UW-Madison. He lives in Rhinelander with his fiancee, Erika.  Outside of work, Ben is an avid Brewers and Badgers fan.  He enjoys doing outdoor projects, running, and competing in triathlons.  Ben is also a WIAA basketball official and calls play-by-play for Rhinelander Hodags sports.

Tomahawk Fall Ride

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office expects calls, crashes, and incidents over Fall Ride weekend, which ended Sunday.

Tens of thousands of Harley riders come to Tomahawk for the event.  Last year, one person died as part of 14 people involved in crashes.

But this year, police got a pleasant surprise, responding to no crashes or incidents.

Congressman Sean Duffy’s sudden resignation announcement last month surprised many people in northern Wisconsin.

But not long after we learned the news, potential candidates started thinking about running to replace him.

State Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua) became the first candidate to jump into the congressional race last Tuesday, but he may well face a test in his own party.

Speaking by phone from his mother’s 91st birthday party in Miami, Wausau heart surgeon and Cuban refugee Dr. Fritz Riveron said he’s gotten encouragement to run for the seat as a Republican.

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Pete McGeshick III sometimes has a hard time explaining what being on a wild rice bed feels like for him.

As he used a 16-foot pole to push a canoe across Rice Lake on the Sokaogon Chippewa reservation in Forest County, he said he feels the spirit of wild rice while on the water.

“It talks to me.  It’s something you feel in your heart.  You can’t describe it,” McGeshick said.  “All you can do is feel it.”

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Fifteen years ago, Tom Tiffany ran to represent northern Wisconsin in the state legislature for the first time.

He lost twice before finally winning an Assembly seat in 2010.

After two years, the Minocqua Republican moved up to the state Senate, and now wants to take another step.

On Tuesday morning, standing before a crowd wearing white shirts and waving blue signs with his name, Tiffany announced he’s running for an open seat in Congress.  He’s the first declared candidate.

A local couple plans to renovate Crandon’s shuttered nursing home after buying it last week.

Peg and Jim Houle bought the former AGI Healthcare in Crandon, which announced its closing last April.

Thirty-seven residents needed to find new homes, and 60 workers needed new jobs after the closure.

Forest County Economic Development Partnership Executive Director Mark Ferris helped coordinate the sale: “We have the demographics that  certainly require that type of facility in assisted living-slash-independent living facility.  There’s no question.”